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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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Waldo Ralph Emerson     Waldo Emerson Ralph
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About Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

Home Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity.

Identity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Imitation is suicide.

Imitation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Imitation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If a man owns land, the land owns him.

Land Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The colleges, while they provide us with libraries, furnish no professors of books; and I think no chair is so much needed.

Libraries Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad.

Literature Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through a transfer of idolatry.

Mentors Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nations have lost their old omnipotence; the patriotic tiedoes not hold. Nations are getting obsolete, we go and live where we will.

Nationalism Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We estimate the wisdom of nations by seeing what they did with their surplus capital.

Nations Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.

Necessity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.

Occupation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

Paradise Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.

Piety Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.

Quality Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Money is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity. It is so much warmth, so much bread.

Quantity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The more reason, the less government.

Reason Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.

Reform Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Dear to us are those who love us. . . but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit . . .

Rejection Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.

Repetition Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I consider theology to be the rhetoric of morals.

Rhetoric Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come.

Rumors Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.

Sacrifice Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.

Sacrifice Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sanity is very rare: every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness.

Sanity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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